Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the best-seller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award - also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, we're thrilled to introduce him to America.
The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.
So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead....yet.
©2011 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2011 Penguin
The story is a great listen. The reading is a bit slow, but once you get into the rhythm it works well and the accents of speakers are consistently played.
Someone looking for a contemporary, grisly police procedural where, once again, a woman is being held prisoner under inhuman conditions.
This book has increased my circumspection regarding Scandinavian crime fiction. A novel in this category can be as gratuitously gory and lazy as the next. I started out with "The Girl With the Golden Tattoo" series, then found Sjowall and Wahloo, and these are touchstones in my exploration of the genre.
His narration would not keep me from listening to a book I wanted to ear read.
Disappointment regarding the pointless, lurid detail over which the novel lingered.
This points to an entire sub genre of Scandinavian fiction to avoid.
I love to listen to books...
I think the relationship to those working in department Q
I enjoyed all the characters
I enjoyed his reading of the story. He helped me see each person as the writer mentioned.
There were emotions I felt, sadness for the victim, amazement that a persons will to live would continue for 5 years under such extreme condition.
I really enjoyed the story line.
It struck fourth way through the book that all the female characters were either beautiful (i.e. nice rack), a dog, or a lesbian. That was the extent of their character, despite the fact what the heroine survives plus her previous life it's clear there is more than just memorable boobs. She was dedicated, caring, and highly intelligent. This observation aside it is a good story and plot, however, there turns out to be too many tangent stories that add little to the story as a whole. Best part of the book is the mysteriously, talented assistant - Hafez al-Assad. The narration was also good. I really wanted to like this book more but it never happened.
I'm not sure how I came upon this series but I was very pleasantly surprised by it. The main characters are so interesting and entertaining. I really enjoy the Danish setting of the story .. a country and people I'd previously given little thought to.
The plot and the solving of the crime are very interesting as well.
I'm sure this book may be a very fine example of the genre but I just couldn't stand the vivid descriptions of extreme cruelty, even though fictitious. This is the second book I've had to stop because I couldn't stand the violence. The other was a Jo Nesbo. What is it with this Scandinavian appetite for grisly brutality? Makes Val McDermid's dark Scottish serial killers seem tame. Too bad because these seem like great reads. I just don't know that increasing my ability to tolerate descriptions of torture is a goal I want to pursue.
Probably the audio book affects me more than one just read. Sign of good reading, I'm sure, but not for me with this kind of book.
I wonder if others find themselves more disturbed by audio versions of brutality than just reading it in text form. Anybody have this experience?
Perfect character development. Great plot twists. My favorite genre of novel and this is a very enjoyable listen. I can't say enough about the narrator. Great voices and accents and coudn't stop listening. If you enjoy police procedurals and thrillers, this one is for you.
I love the new Department Q the Danish police created to look into very cold cases. The book goes back and forth in time and between the victim's life and the detective's work. The first time I listened to this, it was difficult to get through what was going on with the victim. Just unimaginable. But going on to the detective and his sidekick, as they developed a working relationship that proved to be successful, was enjoyable. And the fact that the sidekick happens to be Syrian, with his unique interpretations of the Danish (English) language is fun. Great, imaginative characters.
This story is something I haven't read before. I usually try to find very long books because short ones just don't seem to get the job done for me. This one kept my interest throughout.
I love the setting in Denmark and getting to know the characters. When a book makes me ask, "What is going to happen to so-and-so?" it has my attention.
I can't tell you. It would spoil it for others.
I have listened to this book over and over. I still find it entertaining. I like the way the narrator, Erik Davies, uses the Scandinavian accent. Sounds like my grandparents.
The dearth of the "eff-word" is very refreshing. It is used as are some other swear words, but appropriately and sparingly.Also the conversation is pointed and not so drawn out that we have to put up with sentences which seem to be space fillers.This is a police mystery so there is violence, but again, it is to the point and fast paced. Lovely read.
The engaging lead characters take you through obstacles we all face in every day
life at the office to solve a very complex cold case mystery.
Assad is the classic foil to Karl's determined and calculating police work.
Near the end of the book, Assad shows his true colors in a few flashes of brilliance.
Hard to stop listening to this one.
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